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French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

ATLANTA -- Caroline Haffner, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, will give a recital at the Woodruff Arts Center next month.

Haffner, born Imperial Princess Caroline Murat in Paris, will perform Chopin and Liszt pieces on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

"I am delighted to be returning to the United States to play concerts again," Princess Caroline said in a release. "It has been too long, and I am very pleased that the concerts are being supported by my friends in Georgia."

A direct descendent of French Revolution cavalry chief Marechal Joachim Murat, Princess Caroline began playing the piano as a very young child. She is one of the last students of legendary French pianist Alfred Cortot and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study music in the U.S.

Her stage name comes from another ancestor -- Sigmund Haffner, mayor of Salzburg, Austria, and friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Faith Evans headlines Pure Heat Community Festival

Faith Evans headlines Pure Heat Community Festival

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the country's leading LGBTQ event, completed this year's weekend celebration with the Pure Heat Community Festival. The festival, put on by The Vision Community Foundation, featured a special award presentation to Grammy Award winning songstress Faith Evans.

A host of celebrities, including Tameka Raymond (VH1's "Atlanta Exes"); Claudia Jordan and Gary Hayes (Rickey Smiley Morning Show); Towanda Braxton (WeTV's "Braxton Family Values") and Chyna (WeTV's "LA Hair"), all came out to show their support to the LGBTQ community.

Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen (The Vision Church of Atlanta) and Rashad Burgess presented Evans with the 2014 Humanitarian Award. New singing sensation Havok Jones serenaded her with a cover her classic, "Soon As I Get Home".

Additional activities included female impersonator CiCi; Greek Stroll Competition; Hair Battles; and the crowd favorite, J-Sette Competition.

Dirty Dancing tickets go on sale Sept. 14

Dirty Dancing tickets go on sale Sept. 14

ATLANTA -- Individual tickets for the Atlanta premiere of Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story On Stage at the Fox Theatre will go on sale Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $33 and are available at by visiting foxtheatre.org/dirtydancing, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre box office (660 Peachtree Street NE).

The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play the Fox Theatre November 25-30, with a special performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The performance schedule is:

Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the country's leading LGBTQ annual pride celebration, is gearing up for their annual celebration during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend.

The festival, which runs Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, will feature special guest performances from Faith Evans, Tamar Braxton and Sevyn Streeter. The Georgian Terrace and Loews Hotel in Downtown Atlanta are the official host hotels for pride weekend.

This year, the festival will honor Grammy Award-winning songstress Faith Evans. Evans will receive the 2014 Humanitarian Award and will perform live on the main stage.

The five-day holiday weekend will also feature the third annual Pure Heat Community Festival, which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park. The cultural event will highlight market and food vendors, live performances, entertainment, educational forums, prizes and giveaways, all of which bring together the spirit of community, pride and vision.

Broadway in Atlanta unveils 3-show packages for new season

Broadway in Atlanta unveils 3-show packages for new season

ATLANTA -- To celebrate one of the most highly anticipated series’ to date, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta has announced a new option for Atlanta theater fans to experience three Broadway sensations from its 2014/2015 series.

For the first time, patrons will have the opportunity to choose from three themed packages, each featuring three hit shows from the upcoming Broadway in Atlanta lineup. Package choices include:

For All Generations
* Disney’s Newsies (January 20-25, 2015)
* Wicked (February 18-March 8, 2015)
* Blue Man Group (April 7-12, 2015)

Broadway Favorites
* The Phantom of the Opera (October 22-November 2, 2014)
* Wicked (February 18-March 8, 2015)
* Pippin (May 5-10, 2015)

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta kicked off its 2014/2015 series in Atlanta this past Tuesday with the city’s debut of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, featuring a special check presentation prior to the start of the show. The donation from the presenters of the first-class touring musicals was given to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

The contribution was a result of previous ticket sales for the Atlanta debut of the series’ musical The Little Mermaid, which ran at the Fox Theatre until July 13. For every ticket sold during pre-season, $5 was donated to benefit the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization.

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA) Tuesday, June 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.